It’s that time of year again here in New England, the time of year we all share a love and love-not-so-much relationship with winter. The cold months of the year come with perks like ski trips, tubing, sledding, sitting by a fire, and ringing the New Year with your loved ones, but the brutally cold winters in Massachusetts and Connecticut make being a New Englander tough for a few months out of the year. news is that when it comes to being local to this extreme cold, we know well how to stay warm, and we’re always looking for tips on how to do it better. At Bay State, your comfort and safety are a priority for us. We truly value our relationships with our customers, and keeping you cozy through the cold season is what we do best. Below we’ve laid out a few tips to help get you through the winter this year, so keep reading, and most of all, stay warm!
Follow These Tips to Stay Cozy
1. Book your heating tune-up: If you haven’t already, there’s still time to book an annual tune-up for your boiler or furnace this year. Make sure your home stays comfortable by getting annual service, which will make your heater operate more efficiently and catch any issues before they turn into all-out breakdowns and malfunctions, leaving you in the cold.
2. Seal air leaks and drafts: Air leaks are a huge culprit of making your home temperature dip. Check windows and doors for any air leaks or drafts and seal them up with weatherstripping to prevent your heat from escaping outside, and to prevent letting cold air in. Think about how cold the floor gets when air leaks under doors. Yikes.
3. Decorate with window treatments: Keep curtains on south-facing windows open during the day so that the sun can naturally raise your home’s indoor temperature. Close them at night to provide an extra layer of insulation against the night chill.
4. Layer up: When you are on the fence about whether you need to turn up the heat, add a cozy layer first. Warm slippers, socks, and sweaters are perfect for the season and can really change your comfort before your heating system has to, which will save you on fuel costs.
5. Don’t forget about the fireplace: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, your chimney can be a culprit for unseen drafts. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you are burning a fire.